first_imgOTTAWA — The Senate has rejected a committee report that recommended scrapping the Trudeau government’s bill to ban oil tanker traffic in the environmentally sensitive waters off northern British Columbia.But that’s not a guarantee the bill will survive.A number of Independent senators are opposed to the bill but nevertheless voted against the Conservative-written report of the Senate’s transportation and communications committee because they felt it was too partisan and inflammatory.They also want a chance to propose amendments to the bill.Very disappointed that the Senate has just voted to reject the recommendation of the Transport Committee to kill Bill C-48, the ban on Alberta oil exports from the NW Coast. I urge the Senate to reconsider its decision at third reading.— Jason Kenney (@jkenney) June 6, 2019The report asserted that the bill is politically motivated and will divide the country, inflame separatist sentiment in Alberta and stoke resentment of Indigenous Peoples; it also accused the Trudeau government of intentionally setting out to destroy the economy of Alberta, where the Liberals have little hope of winning seats in this fall’s federal election.The #SenCA has rejected its #TRCM Committee’s report urging the defeat of the Tanker Ban bill. After hearing from concerned Canadians, the Transport Committee recommended that the atrocious Bill #C48 not proceed any further. /1— Senator Doug Black (@DougBlackAB) June 6, 2019Paula Simmons, an independent Senator from Alberta voted in favour of that report but says some other senators didn’t feel it was the role of the committee, made up of only six people, to kill a piece of government legislation.“Even some of my colleagues who don’t like C-48, who have serious questions about it wanted the chance for it to come back for third reading debate on the full floor of the Senate. I don’t agree with them necessarily, but I respect their decision.”Simmons said it’s now her job to try and move amendments such as exempting the Niska First Nations territory, located at the very northern edge of the tanker ban area.“Because it would give them the opportunity to decide for themselves how they want to develop economically on their own reserve, and it would create a potential route for a pipeline, not a guaranteed route, but at least it would keep the potential for a pipeline alive while respecting the Niska’s treaty rights.”The government now has to decide which of those amendments it will accept as it tries to fulfill a 2015 campaign promise to fix Conservative-era assessment legislation the Liberals say created a broken system that blocked public participation and negated environmental concerns.Had senators voted to accept the committee report, the bill would have been killed immediately; rejecting the report means the bill will proceed to third reading in the Senate, during which amendments can be proposed.The Canadian Presslast_img